e-Newsletter 07-13-17

This Week at

“Follow Jesus … Love Others … Change the World”


This week St. James has been invaded by over a hundred young Superheroes!



They were busy learning all the characteristics of God’s Heroes – that God’s Heroes have Heart, Courage, Wisdom, Hope, and Power !  And they were having a little bit of fun, too!


“Do Good.  Seek Peace.  And Go After It!”



Did you know that St. James had a facebook group?

Click here to visit us.


The UMW needs your help to provide 300 school kits to Wahl Coates School by August 15th! The bags for kits, along with the shopping list will be provided by the UMW and are available at the church. Collection sites for the school supplies are the Narthex, the stage in the Fellowship Hall, CLMC Lobby and under the UMW Bulletin Board.

Perhaps you are part of a Small Group, Sunday School Class, or the Youth Group and would like to take this on as a service opportunity. Money donations will be accepted and the UMW will do the shopping! For more information, contact Tammy Stephenson (stephensont@ecu.edu) or Lynn Gammell (gammelll@ecu.edu).


FREE Fall Risk Assessments

ECU Graduate Students from the College of Health Science are providing a FREE fall risk assessment TOMORROW, Friday, July 14th, for community members over the age of 65.
Participants will go to Black Jack Original Free Will Baptist Church, 2972 Blackjack Simpson Rd, Greenville 27858, where a group of students will provide a detailed assessment and give feedback. Participants will be scheduled for 10:00-12:30 or 11:15a-2:30p depending on needs (and will be confirmed by phone).

This is a free event and will include lunch.

If you would like to participate, please respond to Kim Stokes at 252-714-9042 or stokescha@ecu.edu. Be prepared with the following information:
• Name
• Phone number (if possible for confirmations)
• Choice of sandwich type: ham and cheese, chicken salad or pimento cheese



Meet the Alexanders!



This Sunday, July 16th at  4:00 pm, we will have a welcome reception for Rev. Ben Alexander and his family.  Come and meet Ben, Sarah, and their children Thomas and Hope.  We are excited to have Ben as our new Senior Pastor and wish to extend a big St. James welcome to his wife Sarah and their family!


Special Project at Wahl-Coates

Church Family,
I am asking for your monetary support in order to buy wood and paint to for my beautification project for Congregations for Children Ministry. I am excited to work on the C4C team because my sister and I both went to Wahl Coates. The student benches on campus are in bad shape. With your help, I can repair and paint them before the school starts in August. If you have any questions, you can contact me at alexandersprague13@gmail.com or Lora Joyner at joynerl@pitt.k12.nc.us
Alexander Sprague


Prayers for our Jamaica Mission Team

The Jamaica Mission Team is serving God and the people in St. Thomas Parish, Jamaica, this week.

Please keep them in your prayers.


Jamaica Mission Team, July 11-18, 2017

   Kirsten Beach        Sydney Corley      Blake Pierce
   Johnny Branch     Tim Corley             Jordan Pierce
   Susan Branch        John Gill                Robin Pierce

   Sophie Corley        Kenzie Gill              Andy Revill



Prayers for our Youth Mission Team

The Youth Mission Team will be traveling to Windsor, NC, staying in a United Methodist Church in Windsor, and joining in the ongoing work of the flood relief project.

Please keep them in your prayers.


Youth Mission Team, July 16-22, 2017

 Jean Askew           Anna Hackett       E.T. Tyson
 Laura Bauer          Mollie Johnson      Emily Westbrook
 Mary Bauer           Mary Frances Lutz  Mark Woods

 Wesley Carpenetti  Aaron Pasour      Brenda Woolard

 Abby Gillette





Thank You!

Dear St. James Church Family,


What can we say to adequately express the gratitude we feel for your love, kindness, and support over the last ten years? You are an amazing congregation – always ready to support the mission and ministry of Jesus Christ. You always go the second mile to make sure that those that need help will have the care they need.


The Retirement Dinner was outstanding. Thank you to everyone that had a part in it. The table decorations were so pretty and the flower arrangements were lovely. The food was delicious. All of the “Roasters” were funny – even if Johnny had to wear a Carolina hat! The photo album and the “Duke blue” prayer shawl are priceless. Thank you to all of you that took time to attend the event and all of you that were there in spirit. Thank you for the many cards, well wishes, and the very generous love offering that you provided for us. We have not decided how we will use it, but we will put it to good use!


You are blessed with a fine ministry team of Ben Alexander, Mark Woods, and Joyce Day. They will lead you into the future. Expect greatness!


With our love,
Johnny and Susan


P.S. If anyone needs some Texas Pete, we’ll be glad to share!


Your influence matters.
Everyone has influence and the ability to create positive change. When you improve your leadership, you impact lives, churches, businesses, governments, schools, and families. Would you be willing to join us for two days of world-class leadership training? The opportunity is ours right here in Greenville.


Jarvis Memorial UMC and Practicon are co-sponsoring a live simulcast of the 2017 Global Leadership Summit on August 10-11 to be held at Jarvis Memorial UMC. We will hear from an amazing list of speakers sharing their wisdom and success while meeting with other leaders and church members from the greater-Greenville area.



Because St. James is partnering with Jarvis & Practicon, Inc. to help bring this event to Greenville, we are able to offer a reduced rate of $129/person for the 2-day event. To register, go to http://stjconnect.org/global-leadership-summit-2017/ and use the priority code SPC17 to receive the discounted price.


If you have any questions or need more information, please contact Alan Gill at the church (252.752.6154 or Alan@stjconnect.org.



Our Record of Faithfulness




2017 Mission & Ministry Budget         $1,714,426.86
Weekly Contributions for 7/9/17            $ 16,683.49

2017 YTD Contributions                      $ 843,763.25
     (50% of Annual Budget received)
2017 YTD Disbursements                   $ 733,239.02
Year to date Income over Expenses    $ 110,524.23



Building Disciples Loan balance    $2,960,942.54
Needed weekly for loan payment             $ 4,500.00
Contributions for week of 7/9/17              $ 2,008.33
Difference ( 45% of weekly total)      ( $ 2,491.67 )




This Sunday


At 8:45 am and 11:00 am

     in the Sanctuary –

“Let Anyone With Ears Listen”

Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23  &

     Isaiah 55:10-13

Rev. Ben Alexander


At 9:00 am and 11:11 am

     in the CLMC –

“Jacob and Esau”

Genesis 25:19-34

Rev. Mark Woods




St. James UMC website:




St. James Calendar





Coming Events


Meet the Alexander Family – Reception on Sunday, July 16th at 4:00 pm.  more…


Summer High School Youth Mission Trip to Windsor, NC – July 16th – 22nd.  more…


St. James Book Club – Sunday, July 23 at 5:00 pm.  more…



Global Leadership Summit 2017 – Thursday & Friday, August 10-11.  more…


Lights of Hope – Save the Date.  Sunday, September 24.  more…


Pilgrimage 2017 – Youth Event – Save the Dates!  November 10-12.  more…

Missions &  Opportunities


School Supply Kits – Help Make a real impact in the lives of children at Wahl-Coates School.  Click here for more information.


Special Project for Wahl-Coates School Benches.  Click here for more information.


Volunteer with Vidant Home Health and Hospice.  Click here for more information.


Clothing Donations for Local Farm Workers.  Click here for more information.


Congregations For Children (C4C) – Volunteer help needed at Wahl-Coates School.  more…


Neighborhood Groups – Join or create a small group in your neighborhood.  more…



Collecting Bibles for Homeless Shelter click here for more information.




Honor Your Loved Ones with Flowers on the Altar – Click here for more information.



Kairos Maury Prison Ministry – Help build a church behind the walls.  more…


Food Pantry Donations Needed.

Click here to find out more.


For additional mission opportunities, click here to visit the website.



Newsletter Prayer List


Please be in prayer for these members of the St. James family:

Joyce LaMotte, Sam Stephenson, Patti Frank


These people are prayed for every week by the St. James Prayer Ministry Team and in countless ways by the St. James congregation.  If you would like prayers for you or a loved one, please call the church office (752-6154) to be added to this Prayer List.  Names will remain on this list for 30 days.  If further prayers are desired following that time, please call again.



This week’s Special Prayers for some of our homebound members:

Elizabeth “Peaches” Jordan, Sharlene Vainright, Barbara Bremer, Helen Whitehurst, and Debbie Ambert


Sympathy is extended to the family and friends of Patricia Jones, who passed away July 1st.

Sympathy is extended to Robin and Sheree Pierce on the death of Robin’s mother, Patsy Nobel, who passed away July 3rd.


Sympathy is extended to Jerry Davis and Suzanne and Eric Everett on the death of Jerry’s wife and Suzanne’s mother, Shirley Davis, who passed away July 4th.


Sympathy is extended to the family and friends of Eloise Thompson, who passed away July 7th.


Please keep these loved ones in your prayers.




Congratulations to Angus and Anlie Harris Hucknall on the birth of their daughter, Everly Jean Hucknall, who was born on May 19th, 2017. Proud Grandparents are Chuck and Ellen Hucknall.





Staff Openings at St. James Preschool

The St. James Preschool has openings for Teachers and Assistants starting this fall.  For information about the positions, please contact Kendyl Sisk, Preschool Director, at (252) 752-6154 or Preschool@stjconnect.org.




UMW! The summer is here and there are many great books in the Parlor for the Reading Program. Please go by and get a program sheet, choose one that you can complete by August, relax and READ! You do not need to be a UMW member to participate, we would love to have you join us. Please give your completed sheet to Lynn Gammell.




Making the Invisibles Visible

Amexcan Inc. asks you to donate long-sleeved clothing, personal protective equipment, hats and gloves to local farm workers.
Donations can be dropped off at their office from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm at 261 Belvoir Hwy, Greenville, NC.


For more information about Amexcan, Inc. please contact us at amexcan@amexcannc.org or call 252.757.3916, or follow us on social media.





Volunteer with Vidant Home Health and Hospice

Vidant Home Health and Hospice is currently recruiting volunteers in the Pitt County area. We have an increasing need for compassionate individuals whom are willing to provide support to patients and their families at the end of life. As a volunteer, you will be able to give back to the community, in an emotionally rewarding way.

Opportunities include:

  • Direct Support: Offering Companionship: Friendly visits to provide some special attention, a listening ear, and a comforting presence.
  • Respite Care: Respite care is an opportunity for the caregiver to have a break and still be assured their loved one is safe.
  • Indirect Support: Providing support in our offices or at the Service League of Greenville Inpatient Hospice.

Training is provided. To schedule a presentation about our volunteer program or to sign up as a Vidant Home Health and Hospice Volunteer please contact Angelina Brittle at 252-847-1236 or email Angelina.brittle@vidanthealth.com.





Do you feel the Lord calling you to help our brothers and sisters in foreign lands?

Do you want to share the love of Jesus, but don’t want to travel to Africa

Help support the Harding Family as they travel to tell the world of God’s love and the saving power of Jesus!





Click here to hear how this Greenville family is called to a missionary life and how we can help them!



Do you have an event or ministry that you would like to include in this newsletter
or to promote to the St. James family?


You can enter the information online at the St. James website (click here!) at your convenience.  We will collect the announcements and distribute them in the newsletters, bulletins and on the announcement screens before worship!



St. James United Methodist Church

2000 E. Sixth St.

Greenville, NC  27858

(252) 752-6154